During my time at SHAD Waterloo, I acquired a number of tools designed to tackle wicked problems (just like food security in Canada!). Straightaway, I knew that these gems of information would serve me in the future.
What I didn’t realize, though, was that they would help me the very next Monday after the program’s (terribly sad) end.
Indeed, I was starting an internship at the Canadian Museum of Nature. My task? Develop a Communications Plan for the Museum’s Greening of Operations Plan. My new problem-solving knowledge soon enabled me to formulate this task into a question: “How might we communicate the Museum’s efforts to become a greener establishment in order to help these efforts grow?”
Now knee-deep into the experience, my office is covered with sticky notes describing my different ideas. Their common goal: engage both the Museum’s own staff and its visitors in eco-friendlier behaviours.
Working alongside the Museum’s management, witnessing the environmental scientists at work, and understanding the mechanics of such a complex establishment (from specimen conservation to exhibitions’ insulation) has made and will continue to make for an amazing experience.
Needless to say, I am truly grateful for this opportunity and more-than-ever motivated to pursue a career that will help our planet.